Blossfeldt, Charles (Karl).
Paris: Librarie des Arts Décoratifs, 1929. Folio. Gilt-stamped light green cloth, lightly soiled, some interior foxing on the endpapers not affecting the illustrations, lacking the dust wrapper. Unpaginated. First French edition. Very good.
Cent vingt planches et héliogravure d'après des détails très agrandis de formes végétales. Introduction by Charles Nierendorf. Illustrated with 120 plates in heliogravure. Championed by Walter Benjamin and Georges Bataille, who included images from the book in his Documents, Blossfeldt was working as a professor of applied art when Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature) was originally published in 1928. The magnified images were captured using his home-made cameras and the collection was later hailed as an important forerunner of photographic surrealism. Extremely scarce, one of the more important photography books of the twentieth century.
“My botanical documents should contribute to restoring the link with nature. They should reawaken a sense of nature, point to its teeming richness of form, and prompt the viewer to observe for himself the surrounding plant world.”